The Grammys will honor the late Prince with an all-star tribute concert. Rolling Stone reports that St. Vincent, Usher, Foo Fighters, Beck, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Mavis Staples, H.E.R., Earth, Wind & Fire, Gary Clark, Jr. and Juanes are all among the performers tapped for the event. More »
In a sense we at Stereogum have been partying like it’s 1999 all year, what with our ample content on 20-year music anniversaries. Now, as we near the end of that particular nostalgia circuit, it’s time to do it properly, as imagined by Prince Rogers Nelson back in 1982. More »
Beck was recently invited to record at Prince’s legendary Paisley Park complex outside of Minneapolis. The result of those sessions is being released as an EP that is currently an Amazon Music exclusive. The Paisley Park Sessions EP has Beck and his band running through a medley of Prince songs — including “Raspberry Beret,” “When … More »
Silverlake Conservatory of Music held their annual fundraising concert this past Saturday (November 2). The long-running benefit concert, dinner, and auction was Emcee’d by Marc Maron, and included performances from Eddie Vedder and Red Hot Chili Peppers. At one point during the evening, Vedder became an honorary Chili Pepper, teaming up with the band to … More »
Before his death in 2016, Prince had started work on a memoir with co-writer and Paris Review editor Dan Piepenbring. And after Prince died, Piepenbring went about finishing the book, using the time he’d spent with Prince and combining it with lyrics, rare photos, scrapbook pages, and cartoons drawn by Prince. That book, entitled The … More »
Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of Prince’s sophomore album, the self-titled LP that he released when he was just 21. Prince wasn’t a fully formed genre-melting genius at the time, but he was well on his way, cranking out amazingly springy and sexy synth-funk jams with astonishing speed. At the time, the big song from … More »
Donald Trump held a rally in Minneapolis on Thursday night where he apparently played Prince’s “Purple Rain” during the event. As Pitchfork points out, the Prince Estate responded by tweeting out a letter from a law firm said to represent Trump that was sent in October 2018 which stated that the Trump camp … More »
Back in June, the Prince estate, with curation from Troy Carter and Jay-Z, released an album of Prince’s versions of hit songs he penned for other artists. And now, the estate is teaming up with Warner Records for a remastered and expanded reissue of Prince’s iconic double album 1999. The Super … More »
Throughout his legendary career, one of Prince’s most prominent roles as an artist was songwriter for other artists. That didn’t stop Prince from recording those tunes himself, too, but many of those tracks have been locked away in his Paisley Park vault for years. More »
Rapper JAY-Z will host a TIDAL listening party for the upcoming posthumous Prince album Originals on June 6 in Los Angeles. The new 15-track LP features 14 previously unreleased tracks from Prince’s “vault” including original versions of songs that the late musician wrote for other artists including Sheila E.’s “The Glamorous Life,” the Bangles’, “Manic Monday”, Vanity 6’s “Make-Up,” Kenny Rogers’ “You’re My Life”, and more. Originals was curated by JAY-Z and Troy Carter on behalf of the Prince Estate.
Prince has previously worked with TIDAL on a number of exclusive releases such as 2015 albums Hit n Run Phase One and Hit n Run Phase Two., and personally curated vault selections. Both Prince and JAY-Z have expressed both their respect for each other and gratitude for collaborating together.
JAY-Z said in a statement, “Prince led the way, for artistic freedom, for ownership. He’s one of the bravest people I can think of in the industry. He trusted us, not just me, but TIDAL, to continue his fight. Trying to help further that legacy through his music is both an honor we couldn’t pass up as an organization dedicated to empowering artists. This gives his true fans that peak behind the curtain.”
Originals will be available to stream exclusively on TIDAL June 7, followed by a wide release via Warner Bros on June 21 and Deluxe 1-CD/2-LP and 2-LP editions on July 19.
H/T: Rolling Stone